Late 1990s Shows


The Lion King

"The Lion King" is a musical based on the 1994 animated Disney film of the same name, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, score by Hans Zimmer and vocal arrangements by Lebo M. The musical opened on November 13 , 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater and starred Tsidii Le Loka as Rafiki, Jason Raize as Simba, Heather Headley as Nala, Samuel E. Wright as Mufasa, Gina Breedlove as Sarabi, John Vickery as Scar, Geoff Hoyle as Zazu, Max Casella as Timon, Tom Alan Robbins as Pumbaa, Tracy Nicole Chapman as Shenzi, Stanley Wayne Mathis as Banzai, Kevin Cahoon as Ed, Scott-Irby Ranniar as Young Simba, and Kajuana Shuford as Young Nala.


"Rent" is a musical loosely based on the Giaccamo Puccini opera "La Boheme", with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. The musical opened on April 29, 1996 at the Nederlander Theater and starred Anthony Rapp as Mark Cohen, Adam Pascal as Roger Davis, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Mimi Marquez, Jesse L. Martin as Tom Collins, Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel Dumontt Schunard, Fredi Walker as Joanne Jefferson, Idina Menzel as Maureen Johnson, and Taye Diggs as Benjamin Coffin III.

Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk

"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" is a Broadway musical with book by Reg E. Gaines, music by Daryl Waters, Zane Mark, and Ann Duquesnay, and lyrics by Reg E. Gaines, George C. Wolfe and Ann Duquesnay. The musical opened in 1996 at the Ambassador Theater and starred Savion Glover.


"Titanic" is a musical with book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. It opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on April 23, 1997 and starred John Cunningham, David Garrison, Larry Keith, Alma Cuervo, Michael Ceveris, Victoria Clark, and Brian d'Arcy James.

Smokey Joe's Cafe

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" is a musical revue featuring songs by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. The musical revue opened on Broadway in 1995 at the Virginia Theater and starred a nine-person cast including Ken Ard, Brenda Braxton, Victor Trent Cook, B.J. Crosby, and DeLee Lively.